Thursday, September 27, 2012

Five Legendary Wooden Bridges

Here are five legendary wooden bridges that are still functional.

1) Wind and rain bridge, China
This bridge is  perhaps the most emblematic in the tradition of building bridges within the ethnic group Dong, China.  The wood bridge that crosses the Linxi River is about 64 meters long. Built with embedded stones and wood, the bridge has five towers and eaves, and is the epicenter of a picturesque landscape: the meanders of the river, the trees of tea in the hills, and farmers working in their fields. The constructive technique is so surprising in that they are curiously held in place through centuries without the use of neither nails nor rivets.

2)  Ubein Bridge, Myanmar
Close to Amarapura, Myanmar lies the  U Bein bridge, the most extensive Teka bridge in the world, standing on pillars from the year 1849. In total, are 1.2 miles through the Taungthaman Lake, a walk used both for recreation and for activities such as fishing,  that attracts more and more tourism.

3) Medieval Bridge, Lucerne (Switzerland)
There are two medieval wooden bridges crossing the Reuss River in Lucerne. The Chapel (Kapellbrücke) bridge is the longest as well as the oldest wooden bridge in Europe, with 200 meters of length. It is on foot from the 14th century (although a part was rebuilt after a fire in 1993). In addition, the bridge provides for an artistic stroll since in the roof, there are numerous paintings that partly narrate the story of the city.

 4)  The bridge in continuous repair in Saphan Mon, Thailand
The bridge is located across the Lake from Sangkhlaburi and has 400 meters of extension. It is the longest and largest bridge in Thailand, and being of artisan construction requires continuous repair. For this reason, its appearance is continuously changing. It can only be crossed either on foot or by bicycle.

5) Kintai Bridge, Japan
It is one of the most important bridges in Japan. The bridge consists of five arches of wood on the banks of the Nishiki River, a national treasure built in 1673 as an  access to the Iwakuni Castle. Although what we see  today is a reconstruction (lack of maintenance from the wars and the typhoon caused havoc), the Kintai bridge is a perfect replica in line with the parameters of the construction in 1763.

The above bridges are all examples of how through his creativity, man has overcome the natural barriers of the rivers, in times in which the constructive limitations were accented.  Likewise, these are some of the colorful and curious  bridges of wood that we can still go through in different points of the planet.
Source:  Viajes Increíbles
Translation:  Tradukka

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Creative Dollar Bill Origami

The origin of the art began as Chinese Paper Folding. The Japanese origin began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks from China carried paper to Japan. The first Japanese origami is dated from this period.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes (Senbazuru) will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy beasts (others include the dragon and tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years.

Source: Gopshop
The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who contracted leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Her story is told in the the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Several temples, including some in Tokyo and Hiroshima, have eternal flames for World Peace. At these temples, school groups or individuals often donate Senbazuru to add to the prayer for peace. The cranes are left exposed to the elements, slowly dissolving and becoming tattered as the wish is released. (Source)

The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of square paper.  Dollar Bill Origami (or money origami) is a type of origami that uses money instead of paper.  Enjoy this collection of creative dollar bill origami  from Crazy Pics Blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Amazing Waterfalls in the World

Here are some beautiful waterfalls from around the world as published in facebook. Truly some wonderful gifts of nature!

Mikaduki Falls, Tamura | Fukushima, Japan
Emerald Pool, The Alps, Austria
Iguazu: Waterfalls Valley
Waterfall Castle, Poland
Waterfall Island, Alto Parana, Paraguay
 4-Tiered Waterfall in Australia 
Detian Waterfalls shared by China & Vietnam
Madakaripura Waterfall (East Java, Indonesia)
Waterfall, Orbaneja del Castillo, Spain
Colombian Coffee Triangle
Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Robot Chefs Of China

What would you rather do? pay for an employee to work for you or just have a robot that is cheap and only uses electricity?

In China, there has been a new trend in the use of Robot  Chefs. The NoodleBots are chefs programmed to cut noodles which are popularly consumed in Asian  countries.  The NoodleBot is sold at 2,330 US$  and  was invented by Cui Runquan, a  36  yrs old  farmer from the province of Hebei, China.  Cui  created his first robot in 2007 and received the patent of his invention with its brand name called Chef Cui, in 2008. The most recent version of the robot measures one  meter tall and can slice 160 pieces of noodles per  minute, which makes it three times more efficient than any human chef.

The NoodleBots make a certain type of fine noodles called "xiao mian".  It is of Shanxi origin,  The electrical appliance takes a piece of dough in one hand and uses a knife to cut it and then tosses it inside the boiling water. 

The robots can help the restaurant owners to save on the cost of an employee, said Duan Wanhu, administrator of the Tianxiang Food Machiner Factory, a company that manufactures the robots in China.  "Likewise is the issue on hygiene, Duan also mentioned.  "The human chefs perspire in summer and the perspiration falls on the noodles.  The robots do not perspire".

The factory started to manufacture the robot two years ago.  Now they make approximately 20 Noodlebots per day. Source of information:  El País